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Technology Will Improve Job Site Safety

When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.

K. Schipper
Nov 28, 2018
Stay Safe on the Job Site with the Proper Personal Protective Equipment

Man troweling concrete with gloves and a hard hatIn recent months, most of the safety emphasis in the industry has been on crystalline silica and new regulations designed to keep it out of concrete workers’ lungs.

Both equipment manufacturers and contractors have worked hard to come up with new products and processes to keep their workers safe.

K. Schipper
Nov 27, 2018
Artisan Recreates Masterpieces with Colored Concrete

Concrete painting made with thinned out concrete.When Christina Arnall signed up for Ben Ashby’s advanced countertop class in Las Vegas about four years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an epiphany. It began when Ashby introduced the group to his ½-inch admix being used to create a shower panel and they decided to color it blue.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 2, 2018
OSHA's New Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulations Do Not Impact All Decorative Concrete Products

OSHA standards for silica dust protection has changed and not all concrete contractors will be effected. - Photo from Concrete Decor archivesChris Sullivan discusses the new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regulation and how it may not impact all decorative concrete products.

Chris Sullivan
May 26, 2017
Protecting Your Business in Today's Market

A padlock with a key on top of a pile of chains.Unless you are willing to go door to door and give each potential customer a hug of reassurance, you must be willing to adapt and weather the craziness. The bottom line in what we do in decorative concrete requires folks to spend and invest in their properties.

Doug Carlton
Jun 19, 2008
Anti-Growth from GSI/Camden Products Keeps the Moss Away from Concrete Surfaces

GSI Anti-Growth from Camden Products is an advanced algicide/fungicide for getting rid of mold, mildew, and algae and keep it gone.

Anti-Growth is a concentrated coating, which is mixed with water, costs pennies per square foot of coverage. It can be brushed, rolled, sprayed, sponged or ragged on, depending on the surface.

Dec 1, 2002
From the Ground Up: Building a Concrete Home

A compass placed on the concrete floor in this kitchen.In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops. And it doesn't stop there, the entire home was consructed using concrete and insulated concrete forms.

Chris Camara
Dec 13, 2007
Communication with Questions

Clipart of two people communicating using questions. A sales person needs to know about the person prior to selling a product or project. Sound intelligent.Asking the right questions will help you truly connect with your customer.

Ken Lundin
Dec 9, 2002
How Concrete Contractors Handle Maintenance

Stamped concrete patio in need of maintenance.Picking the right sealer. Teaching the client. Selling a plan. Contractors have several ways to make sure their projects — their calling cards — stay maintained, durable and looking great.

Amy Johnson
Jul 8, 2010
Fly Ash instead of Cement

Fly ash is a cement alternative and is a waste product from burned coal.Fly Ash is a coal waste products that acts a lot like cement in the right recipe.

Feb 11, 2006
The Concrete Decor Show's Legacy of Giving Back at The Julian Center

concrete sidewalk that looks like racetrack at a daycare center in IndianaSince the first Concrete Decor Show in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2010, the goal has been to provide world-class training opportunities for decorative concrete professionals while also leaving behind something tangible for the hosting community.

Vanessa Salvia
Nov 27, 2008
Tips and Techniques for Using Channel Drains and Point Drains Around Pools

Creative fountain surrounded by channel drains that place the water into the pump to be recycled.Bud Stegmeier, co-owner of Stegmeier Corp. in Henderson, Nev., shares these tips for using channel drains and point drains in swimming pool applications.

Feb 10, 2004
Setting Expectations for Polished Concrete -- 'The Look'

In the early days of our industry, for every new process introduced, accountability seemed to lag a few years behind.Polished concrete is a young industry. Surveying the processes and technological advancements over the last 15-20 years, it’s apparent the industry has continued to grow and discover new, faster— and not always better— ways of achieving unique, shiny floors.

Ryan McBride
Jul 3, 2018
Use of Penetrating Sealers on Concrete is on the Rise

dull concrete surface being enhanced with penetrating sealerThe decorative industry grew up on the “one size fits all” high-gloss sealer which was the go-to coating for decades. While high gloss is still widely used, low-gloss and natural finishes in the decorative concrete industry have been gaining momentum as homeowners, architects and designers seek more ecofriendly, green and natural-looking sealing options.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 28, 2017
The Nanotechnology Trend in Decorative Concrete: Hype or Reality?

Green and purple microscopic looking spheres.Nanotechnology is everywhere. It seems to be the new buzzword in the decorative concrete industry. Now, nanotechnology has become the magic ingredient in any number of sealers, coatings and stains. I This article explores exactly what nanotechnology is and what benefits it brings to the decorative industry.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 7, 2011
Stained Concrete Floors with a Sacred Meaning

Bright yellow flower with a red center on a concrete surface using concrete stains.Architects and designers working on the construction of the new Potawatomi Executive Building developed an elaborate stained-concrete floral pattern for the rotunda floor.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 9, 2006
Concrete Coating Products Continue to Evolve

Concrete Coating Products Continue to EvolveFirst came the revolution. The decorative concrete wave swept the concrete construction trade not so long ago, churning up myriad visual concepts and the materials that made them happen. As the wave receded, decorative concrete concepts, methods and materials entered an evolutionary phase.

Joe Maty
Oct 23, 2017
Make an outdoor fish prepping concrete countertop

Integrally colored concrete fish prepping table featuring an Oregon caught ling cod. This concrete fish prepping table top was made by Michael Dahl, who precast it in a foam mold and used small mixes of different integral colors to create the mottled effect. The top of the sink is ground to expose the aggregate within the concrete.

Jun 23, 2005